Daily Archives: 11/07/2010

Cereal, Comma, and Robert Duvall (via Prometheus Unbound)

I like these grammar and punctuation posts. I hated this stuff in school much later in life, in working in with contracts, I get why it matters. In school it just felt like a bunch of arbitrary rules.

Cereal, Comma, and Robert Duvall Not that kind of cereal, but the serial comma. A great example (via Making Light) of what can happen when you drop the serial comma from a sentence: For those who don't like to squint at small print, the newspaper caption to the above photograph reads as follows: Merle Haggard: The documentary was filmed over three years. Among those interviewed were his two ex-wives, Kris Kristofferson and Robert Duvall. The serial comma is so named for its func … Read More

via Prometheus Unbound


Are moderates Wishy Washy?

I think you can think of yourself as moderate or independent and actually be very engaged. One complaint that I think applies to ideologues of all types is a tendency to simply follow what ever the “party line” is rather than thinking through the merits of an issue.

For example, one could simply assert that 2 trillion dollars in capital are not invested because of the uncertainty due to Obamacare with out addressing the multiple factors that might explain. Ideologues don’t need evidence, they know in their gut what is right, and the fact that most people or least their fellow ideologues loudly agree with them is confirmation.

Progressive Parents Refuse To Tell Child Its Sex | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source

Progressive Parents Refuse To Tell Child Its Sex | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source.